A good post for me to share today – my best friend/neighbor down the street’s birthday was earlier this week. She is my old friend that I’ve shared a ‘birthday gift giving’ thing with. I mean, I’m late 40’s, shes 50ish, it’s not often something we do later in life ya know? But somehow it evolved, and I am grateful.
This week has reminded me of that movie The Green Mile – walking a slow walk to doom… Each day this week, I walked closer to the dreaded ‘ Move Day’ … I cried the morning of her birthday, it brought back many fond memories – not that we won’t still be friends after today – we’re only moving a mile away – it’s just different, you get that…
On her birthday I went to the store to work for the day and while there I created a birthday gift for her. I got out one of my heavier oak cabinet door samples, one that had 2 hinges on the side for extra ‘effect’, and set to working painting it with my Caromal Colour Textured paints. She loved this piece in my store
so I decided to create a chalkboard with that barnworn finish around the frame, only I used Candy Apple Red under the Mustard instead of the Paprika used on the piece above. Below you can see both reds, the Candy Apple is top left and a little brighter than the barn red Paprika below it
I painted the first layer, heavily stippled around the edges, with Candy Apple, and then brushed it smooth as the chalkboard front. When it dried I brushed the frame with Chipping Creme, then when that dried I brushed on Mustard. The chalkboard front I have a second coat of Candy Apple. When the frame dried I sanded it back, and then brushed on the Toner and wiped it off –
I had these decorative nail hooks that I’d bought, unsure where I’d ever use them – they were perfect for this…. strong enough to even hold a set of keys
I love the idea too…. I want to make more and offer them in my store – how many cool combinations I could make…. But mostly, I love that I was able to make something, just for perfect, for my friend
Thank you, EVERYONE, for your support and love and prayers that you have sent my family’s way. I can honestly say that ALL of it has helped me walk this walk… God has blessed me beyond measure, with loving family and friends and fine talents – thank you for holding my hand through the darker times. Today? We move onward and upward to dancing in the sunshine!!!
❤ ❤ ❤ Patty